Kia cee’d range comes with subtle modifications, new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine image

The South Korean brand has decided that mild exterior updates are in order for the cee’d compact car range, along with interior quality enhancements and other refinement moves.

The model will also come for the 2016 model year with reduced emissions, Kia’s connected services (powered by TomTom), the new seven speed DCT transmission, a new sportier GT Line specification and the efficient new engine 1.0-litre T-GDI. The model is not waiting for the official introduction at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show and is already on sale across the dealership network on the European continent. The popular cee’d compact, the model that singlehandedly lifted Kia as a European motoring power, has now been upgraded with interior and exterior revisions as well as new technologies. The new GT Line specification will deliver the GT model’s sportier looks on the regular cee’d family and is available across all body options: five door, three door pro_cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon.

Styling changes at the exterior include an updated angular and wider bumperat the front, chrome fog light surrounds and a new oval-shaped grille mesh. At the back there are restyled bumpers and sporty reflectors and there’s also a new range of 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. Changes to the interior are limited, with a new optional color pack, chrome inserts around the instrument binnacle, driver-side and central air vents and on the upper part of the instrument panel. There’s also a gloss black finish and more chrome strips added dependant on the trim level.

Under the hood the engine choices remain the same but have now been bumped up to the Euro 6 emissions standard. Kia is also adding the new 1.0-litre ‘T-GDI’ (turbo petrol direct injection) engine, with the three cylinder producing either 100 ps and 172 Nm torque or 120 hp and the same amount of 172 Nm of maximum torque. There’s also on offer a new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), mated only to the high power 136 ps 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine.